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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 19, 2011 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Women of a Certain Age

So, I take it you and DD don't buy the theory, and again, to be clear, I don't endorse it myself as I think it depends to much on "local variables", but what I am getting at is have you encountered the "truism"?

IE, that it is what folks in "hair" believe to be true (only young thin gals can have long hair)...?

Not that I am considering busting into the biz or anything.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 19, 2011 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Women of a Certain Age

Oh sure, it's one of those "Dress for Success" type pseudo-rules. Though I've never heard the "thin" part. (Don't think anyone in the hair biz wants to tell women they're not, LOL. They talk about things like "heart-shaped" faces and "oval faces" and so on, whatever THAT means.) But obviously anyone in the business of selling haircuts is going to be in favor of ever-more haircuts, which equals short hair and A Style, preferably with many styling products included (and frequent trips back for an update), rather than just plain ol' long.

I suspect the myth (and I definitely think it's a myth) got its start when the hair salon biz started around the 1930s, when women with short hair DID seem younger cuz that was hip and fashionable, and long hair made folks think of Grandma with her bun. For decades, various versions of short hair was the youthful style, and stylists kept echoing "short hair makes you look younger." So it became an accepted rule, like "no white shoes after Labor Day." And as it suits the business purposes of those who sell haircuts and hair products, why not keep repeating it?

I also think it's partly how we process what we see. Our personal esthetic. To a lot of people, hair that has been cut, blow-dried, styled and gelled really DOES look nicest. It's their vision of the ideal. The 60s questioned that polished look, as it questioned many things. (Thank goodness!) But to many folks, a woman with primped hair, high heels, clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue in the "latest colors," etc really IS going to look "better" to them, which I guess means "prettier," which I guess means "younger."

It's like music. There's a whole business, I'm sure, of telling musicians how they will sound better if they just fake it up a bit. Or, rather, "polish." They "must" do this, they "must" do that. And to many folks, that honestly does sound better. But of course, that doesn't mean it IS better. Just more ... well, I could go on and on :-)

Now see what you did, WT? LOL. Hit the hair button, and women -- or some, anyway (raises hand) -- will definitely go off on a tear! What's next on your agenda? Asking us if stripes make women look thinner? (Or does the "truism" go the other way? Sorry, I forget.)


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Poster: Dancin'Deb Date: Jun 19, 2011 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Women of a Certain Age

well said, Althea...I just want to add that the truism also seems to say that short hair makes you look not only younger but thinner...another wonderful part of our culture (that only thin, young women are beautiful and, WT, able to wear long hair...though I know nothing about pin stripes ;)
Yes, WT, I encounter the truism constantly especially since I have long, not dyed hair...I go to the hairdresser on average once every 8 months or so (and only when I start to lose my peripheral vision due to my increasing hair :) I think they get all excited that they will surely make money off of me as I'm sure I look like I've come to my senses and am ready for the short hair and all the products that go along with that. Ha! They are always so disappointed.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 19, 2011 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Women of a Certain Age

I can attest that Deb's hair is beautiful and she shouldn't cut it :)

I wouldn't mind cutting mine very short, it drives me crazy, but every time I say that, my husband objects, so I guess he doesn't think I'd look better without it ...

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Poster: Dancin'Deb Date: Jun 19, 2011 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Women of a Certain Age

Thanks, Ring! I don't think you should cut your hair...I think it's quite beautiful as it is :)